A new collection of flash fiction, Disappearing Debutantes by Meg Pokrass and Aimee Parkison is available for pre-order from Outpost 19 now!
In Disappearing Debutantes, disappearing and ever present “female beginners” come-of-age in fantasy and reality. As children, girls, teens, “new adults,” middle-aged women, and old women, they keep having their debuts and going unnoticed. Erased by gender, time, age, and those they most want to see them, neglected females become strange in hopes of being loved, being listened to, being understood, and being seen.
Set in coastal California, The Loss Detector is a funny/sad portrait of teenage blues and of a small, transplanted family of non-conformists. The flawed but lovable characters in Pokrass’ novella remind us of how the world’s most beautiful places are not always the easiest in which to thrive. Moments of giddy, perceived freedom set against resignation dot the narrative in such a way that will leave you changed.
“Meg Pokrass achieves so much deep characterization in such a tight space that she is like an architect of tiny houses that allow her characters to live full lives in extremely small spaces.”
—Aimee Parkison, Rain Taxi
Writer and Teacher
Meg Pokrass is an award-winning writer of flash fiction, prose poetry, and hybrid work. She is the founder of New Flash Fiction Review and co-founder of the Best Microfiction series. Her generative workshops and prompts are acclaimed for their ability to spark creativity and open new doors.
Meg’s new full-length collection, The First Law of Holes: New and Selected Stories has been acquired by Dzanc Books, and will be published in late 2024!
Meg has recently been mentoring and supporting me with a manuscript of stories. I can’t recommend her highly enough. Her astute observations, suggestions and edits have, in my opinion, transformed the whole collection. Her enthusiasm and encouragement have also really helped my confidence as a writer and I’m excited to soon submit the finished collection. Great value in every sense.
I would not be writing flash without Meg Pokrass. I found my voice in flash. I didn’t even understand what that meant—finding your voice—until, suddenly, I realized I had done it. It was because of the community Meg built, the encouragement she offered, and, maybe more than anything, explaining to me what worked when it worked—why this story was better than that one. I’ve said I would not be writing flash without Meg and that’s true. I might not even be writing at all. The encouragement and finding my feet with her help came at a critical time for me.
Taking Meg’s workshops and teaching ekphrastic workshops together has given me a window into her amazing imagination and improved my own writing immeasurably. She is a dynamite storyteller, but also has a very special gift for helping to shape a story. It is incredible how she will pull out the heart of the story and help a writer rearrange or finish it. Meg can help you bring your stories to life in a magical way.
Kissing the Monster Hunter
Kissing the Monster Hunter is a new chapbook about monster hunters, unseen monsters, perpetual dreamers, and the creatures (human and otherwise) who love them. The unmissable prose poems and micros in this collection thrust us into an alternate reality where hope, love, and intimacy, when gone unrecognized, become a mystical force to be reckoned with.
The House of Grana Padano
Two modern masters of the fabulist micro, Meg Pokrass and Jeff Friedman, stretch language like magicians who are deep into their most amazing acts, creating elusive personas who can mime love, hate, anger or sorrow.
Damn Sure Right
This debut collection of eighty-four tales is sure to “ruin your waking hours the way you’ll want them ruined” (Kyle Minor).
“The nuanced tonal complexity, which can go from the whimsical to a darker irony in the turn of a phrase, has been the signature feature of the work of Meg Pokrass.”